Current treatment can slow down PF disease progression - research brings hope
No current treatment has proven effective in stopping progression of the disease. But current research brings hope to people with Pulmonary Fibrosis. At the Pulmonary Fibrosis Summit this spring Helen Parfray, Royal Papworth Hospital stated that lung function is the best biomarker right now, but that there might be more effective biomarkers e.g., from a blood test that may guide us to a change in treatment.
Today's treatment options are:
- Two drugs that may help slow the progression of pulmonary fibrosis. Nintedanib and pirfenidone block a process in the body that leads to lung scarring. They are both taken by mouth.
- Oxygen treatment can make breathing and exercise easier; prevent or lessen complications from low blood oxygen levels; reduce blood pressure in the right side of your heart; improve your sleep and sense of well-being.
- Pulmonary rehabilitation that mayhelp symptoms and improve daily functioning through exercises to help your breathing and build up your strength.
- Healthy diet guided by therapists may give tips for a healthy diet, to keep the weight and energy levels up. The therapists may also show how to save energy for when it is needed the most.
- Palliative care is a form of care that provides a relief of disease symptoms. According to WHO it's appropriate at any stage of a disease
- Lung transplantation may be an option for people with pulmonary fibrosis. A lung transplant can improve quality of life and a longer life.